Talk: The Musical

by Lori M. Myers
  • 45 Minutes
  • 2 Males, 1 Female, 9 M or F, Min 5, Max 12, Doubling Possible

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There are plenty of roles for everyone in this large-cast one-act musical for children and community audiences.  There are talking and singing stones, trees, and yams, not to mention animals who help the natural world come to life once a year. Things are not well in this magical village, and trees, flowers, and animals tell it in story and song.  Full of lively songs like “We Are Here for the Halibut,” these characters sing and dance their way into our hearts.

Music lead sheets and downloadable PDF available. Great for elementary schools.

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  • Sheet Music 80.00

Performance Fee $60.00 A Production License Fee Per Performance (mandatory for all performances)

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Play Details

Overview

On one magical day of the year in Masamba, everything — stones, trees, and even a chair — begin to speak. And it’s about time!

King Doubt-it is planning a huge construction project which will destroy their worlds. Can they find the words to convince a simple farmer to fend off the wily king and save nature?Talk, The Musical will have you hearing voices…and loving it! Will the audience help them?

This musical play for children and young audience dramatizes how we are affecting the plants and animals. It also addresses the way in which we can learn to use language to make ourselves heard and change the world in which we live.

Can be performed by adults and teens for children or by children themselves. Great classroom play.

 

 

From the Play

Cast List: The roles of Natalie/Ned/Ruff are seen throughout the play. All others can be doubled.

Natalie – narrator
Ned – farmer
Ruff – dog
Sly – stone
Twiggy – branch
Shady – tree
Spud – yam
Caddis – fisherman/woman
Snap – fish trap
Ida – woman
King Doubt-It – king of Masamba
Sit – royal throne
The Scream – Edvard Munch painting (can be portrayed by actor or an actor behind the painting)

Set:
The set depicts a simple forest or village setting. Downstage should have enough empty space for the actors to move and dance.

Scene 1

[At rise, SLY, TWIGGY, SHADY and SPUD are in character on various parts of the stage. For now, they are silent and still.
NATALIE
(to audience) Hello, everyone! Hello, villagers! Greetings! Greetings! We’re here in the beautiful village of Masamba and something very odd is about to happen, and all of you villagers out there are going to be a part of it. Yes, today is NOT a typical day and you’re about to find out why. Let me tell you all about it. Hmm, better yet, let me sing it for you.

NATALIE
On this magical, magical day of days
You just can’t help havin’ something to say;
Just like two sticks making some smoke
You gotta have words to talk to folk

[chorus] Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Ah ya, ah ya, ya
Right now it is the style
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
So you can just stay awhile
Ah ya, ah ya, ya

They say that talk is all the rage
I’ll tell you more, just turn the page;
Talk is how we communicate
Speak our minds and set our fate

[chorus] Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Ah ya, ah ya, ya
Right now it is the style
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
So how ’bout you stay awhile
Ah ya, ah ya, ya

NATALIE
[music continues as NATALIE speaks. In the following speech, NATALIE will x
to each character when indicated]

Well, it’s no fun just talking to myself. After all, talk is all about having conversations with your family and friends. But who is here in this forest for me to talk to? I mean, all I see is this stone, this tree with a branch hanging off of it, and this yam that’s partially buried in the ground. They’re not really ALIVE, are they?

SLY
Oh, yes we are!

TWIGGY
And so are we; the tree and me!

SHADY
We’re moving around for all to see!

SPUD
And here I am; the yam, I am!

NATALIE
(to audience) (excited) Aha! I told you it was a magical day!

SLY, TWIGGY, SHADY, SPUD
[singing] On this magical, magical day of days
We all can’t help but come out and play;
We got heart and soul and voice
All of this gives us just one choice

[chorus] ] Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Ah ya, ah ya, ya
Right now it is the style
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
So you can just stay awhile
Ah ya, ah ya, ya

NATALIE, SLY, TWIGGY, SHADE, SPUD
[repeat] Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
Hey, you, c’mon let’s talk
Ah ya, ah ya, ya
Right now it is the style
Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
So you can just stay awhile
Ah ya, ah ya, ya

Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay
Ah ya, ah ya, ya!

NATALIE
Whew! That was so much fun! Yes, it is a magical day in our wonderful village. Once every one hundred years, these beautiful parts of nature come to life. Not only do they live and breathe, but they have names, too. For instance…

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